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kevin Dec 10, 2013 05:24 PM

Thanks.

That Bukowski post has got me thinking.

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  1. JeMange RE: kevin Dec 10, 2013 05:39 PM

    Bukowski would scoff at anything more complex than brown liquor in a glass or perhaps some cheap port sold by the jug.

    That being said, my gotos lately have been Buffalo Trace Bourbon on ice or with a splash of soda or Templeton Rye served up the same way.

    I actually tend to haunt dives or semi-dives. I live in Silver Lake so I hit neighborhood or nearby spots like Footsies, Short Stop (early only and on select nights only) or Bar 107. If I'm feeling fancy or on a date, perhaps Thirsty Crow (which tries a bit too hard IMO) or Seven Grand.

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      jessejames RE: JeMange Dec 10, 2013 07:51 PM

      Jemange I like buffalo trace too it's a good deal by bottle about 25 bucks.

      I like single liquor ie chilled stoly pours at st nicks on third street - 3x the booze, one third the price as other local spots. You do the math. No garnish.

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        burntwater RE: JeMange Dec 11, 2013 03:40 PM

        Thirsty Crow is good for the 5 dollar Buff Trace night.

        For Bourbon I like Hudson Baby Bourbon.

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          JeMange RE: burntwater Dec 11, 2013 07:33 PM

          And which night, pray tell, is that?

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            burntwater RE: JeMange Dec 11, 2013 10:51 PM

            Wednesday nights.

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              JeMange RE: burntwater Dec 12, 2013 06:38 PM

              Thanks! I know where I'll be a week from yesterday.

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          westsidegal RE: JeMange Dec 11, 2013 06:42 PM

          ok, JeMange, on your recommendation i will head to Beverage Warehouse tomorrow to buy a bottle of this Buffalo Trace stuff of which you speak. ($23/bottle).
          will report back

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            kevin RE: westsidegal Dec 11, 2013 06:51 PM

            uh-oh, please be kind if you don't happen to like it. :)

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              Beachowolfe RE: kevin Dec 11, 2013 07:10 PM

              Better stuff than Buffalo Trace brand coming from that distillery

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                westsidegal RE: Beachowolfe Dec 11, 2013 07:39 PM

                normally i drink gin, wine, cognac, or scotch.
                this will be my first foray into bourbon.

                probably i don't need "the best" at this point.
                any other suggestions for bourbon for a newbie?

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                  JeMange RE: westsidegal Dec 11, 2013 09:16 PM

                  I think that's a good place to start. For $10 more/bottle, there's Basil Hayden's, which is smooth as silk. It's delicious but maybe not exactly representative of classic (American) whiskey flavor.

                  Also, while it doesn't really speak to taste/flavor, this chart might help put American whiskey production into perspective.

                  http://www.gq.com/life/food/201311/bo...

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                    westsidegal RE: JeMange Dec 11, 2013 10:18 PM

                    thank you so much!

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                    burntwater RE: westsidegal Dec 11, 2013 10:57 PM

                    Spend a dollar more (24 bucks) and can get Eagle Rare at Bevmo.

                    I suggest this.....

                    Also if you get a chance try Blantons,

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                      Beachowolfe RE: westsidegal Dec 14, 2013 06:47 AM

                      WL Weller, very affordable

                      +1 fo Blantons and Eagle Rare

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                        phamschottler RE: Beachowolfe Apr 6, 2014 12:16 AM

                        I like Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare as well. Picked up Fighting Cock 6 Year Old Bourbon at BevMo a couple weeks ago when it was just $15, and was surprised how much I liked it. Anyone tried this stuff? Thoughts?

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                          JeMange RE: phamschottler Apr 10, 2014 04:22 PM

                          I'll have to give fighting cock a try. Never even heard of it.

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                    westsidegal RE: kevin Apr 6, 2014 10:45 AM

                    i just broke open the bottle of buffalo trace last night.
                    LOVELY stuff.
                    how have i lived so long without it?

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                      jessejames RE: westsidegal Apr 6, 2014 10:47 AM

                      Such a good deal too. I was able to convert my wife's dad to a whiskey drinker with that. Glad u enjoyed !

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                        Servorg RE: westsidegal Apr 6, 2014 10:57 AM

                        Buffalo Gal?

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                          JAB RE: Servorg Apr 6, 2014 11:00 AM

                          Go 'round the outside.

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                          JeMange RE: westsidegal Apr 10, 2014 04:21 PM

                          It's delish, isn't it? And nothing beats it at that price point.

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                            westsidegal RE: JeMange Apr 10, 2014 05:06 PM

                            right you are.
                            tried Bulleit the other night for the first time.

                            i like the Buffalo Trace FAR better.
                            What a great find!
                            THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

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                              JeMange RE: westsidegal Apr 11, 2014 08:20 AM

                              I'm with you on Bulleit. Their bourbon tastes like Jack Daniels to me, which is the opposite of a compliment.

                              Both their rye and bourbon taste much better with water, soda or some melted rocks. Otherwise they have an unpleasant harshness.

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                                jessejames RE: JeMange Apr 11, 2014 08:23 AM

                                Have u tried the Sinatra select jack? My friends like it better than jw blue

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                                  JeMange RE: jessejames Apr 11, 2014 10:53 AM

                                  I haven't and, at $200/bottle I probably won't any time soon.

                                  I shy away from JD products in general and one with such a ridiculous name is probably gonna keep me away.

                                  :)

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                                    jessejames RE: JeMange Apr 11, 2014 10:55 AM

                                    Yes. At least with the blue you know there is some 50 yo booze going in.

                                    Still curious and will have to wait and see if an opportunity presents itself.

                                    Man that buffalo trace is a a deal.

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                                      kevin RE: jessejames Apr 11, 2014 11:00 AM

                                      there's a joint that serves blue for $20.

                                      but usually what a snifter is like $40 bucks.

                                      i think tana's will serve you it for $45 ??????

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                                        jessejames RE: kevin Apr 11, 2014 11:01 AM

                                        Bottle 150. I go that route. Same with buffalo trace. Call me George thorogood the remedial rocker

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                                          mc michael RE: jessejames Apr 11, 2014 12:34 PM

                                          One bourbon, one scotch and one beer?

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                                            jessejames RE: mc michael Apr 11, 2014 01:40 PM

                                            I drink alone. All by myself.

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                                  westsidegal RE: JeMange Apr 11, 2014 09:37 AM

                                  last night i tried Eagle Rare (also made by the Buffalo Trace people), and really liked that.

                                  (the bar i go to offers a happy hour special of $3 off the normal drink price, so the Eagle Rare, which is normally priced at $12 ended up costing me $9 before tax and tip. they no longer carry Buffalo Trace)

                                  i'm not a fan of harshness.
                                  harshness, in my head, somehow gets equated with the cheap booze that i was drinking while in college.
                                  don't see spending any real money just to get a harsh drink.

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                                    kevin RE: westsidegal Apr 11, 2014 09:41 AM

                                    What's the name of this bar ??????

                                    Thanks.

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                                      westsidegal RE: kevin Apr 11, 2014 09:54 AM

                                      settebello in the marina

                                      great as a bar
                                      great as a casual restaurant
                                      bonus points because on the way home from settebello i can make a quick stop at Gelato Lounge.

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                                        kevin RE: westsidegal Apr 11, 2014 10:51 AM

                                        :)

                                        Now why do I keep thinking Settebello is beer/wine only ????

                                        Thanks for the clarification.

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                                          Servorg RE: kevin Apr 11, 2014 10:55 AM

                                          "Now why do I keep thinking Settebello is beer/wine only ????"

                                          Pickled brain cells?

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                                            kevin RE: Servorg Apr 11, 2014 11:01 AM

                                            Most likely.

                                            I think, if I my pea brain is catching your drift

                                            correctly.

                                            Now Sevrog why do you always have to give me such a hard time ?????????

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                                              Servorg RE: kevin Apr 11, 2014 11:03 AM

                                              I'm getting a contact high off of all this talk of alcohol...And I'm just kidding you, kev. I'm sure your brain is in much better shape than mine (if for no other reason than my very advanced age).

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                                                kevin RE: Servorg Apr 11, 2014 11:05 AM

                                                This thread is very bad for what's left of our collective brains.

                                                I guess the mods can close it up now.

                                                Or maybe not ?????????

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                                                  jessejames RE: kevin Apr 11, 2014 11:09 AM

                                                  tgif, and remember what jimmy buffet says

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                                                    kevin RE: jessejames Apr 11, 2014 11:16 AM

                                                    you're telling me.

                                                    and its already 5 o'clock somewhere.

                                                    so drink up. :)

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                                                  kevin RE: Servorg Apr 11, 2014 11:05 AM

                                                  Tana's the other night was quite painful.

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                                              westsidegal RE: kevin Apr 11, 2014 11:06 AM

                                              imho, the list of distilled spirits they offer is stronger than their wine list, by far.

                                              that said, they do not offer the complete complement of mass produced distilled spirits that most bars carry.
                                              for example, for bourbon they do carry, among others, Dickel. Bulleit, and Eagle Rare, but they do NOT carry Jack Daniels.

                                              similar story with other types of whiskey

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                                                kevin RE: westsidegal Apr 11, 2014 11:17 AM

                                                good to know.

                                                thanks.

                                                i'll try it one of these days along with a pie most likely.

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                                                  westsidegal RE: kevin Apr 11, 2014 11:26 AM

                                                  re: the pie

                                                  imho, their regular pies are far better than the little pies they offer at happy hour.

                                                  the ratio of crust to topping is better; the thickness of the crust is better.

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                                                    kevin RE: westsidegal Apr 11, 2014 11:30 AM

                                                    ok, i'll skip the happy hr pies for sure, they are the tiny personal pizza type of pies, right ????

                                                    I hate those things bc, yeah it does not have the requisite ratios and surface area from crust to the tip.

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                                                      westsidegal RE: kevin Apr 11, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                      that's it exactly.
                                                      the baby pies need more surface area.

                                                      if you go in during the early happy hour, you can order your drinks and apps off of the happy hour menu and still order your pies off of the regular menu.
                                                      monday through friday 3 to 7

                                                      food is not served during the late happy hour, just booze.
                                                      10 to 11

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                                                        kevin RE: westsidegal Apr 11, 2014 11:48 AM

                                                        Thanks WG.

                                                        You are after all our resident Westside expert.

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                                        westsidegal RE: JeMange Apr 12, 2014 11:37 PM

                                        tried the Bulleit rye tonight and liked it MUCH MUCH more than their bourbon.
                                        much smoother.

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                                          mc michael RE: westsidegal Apr 12, 2014 11:42 PM

                                          Hate to say it, but I think things may vary from batch to batch. Especially the bourbon.

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                                            westsidegal RE: mc michael Apr 13, 2014 01:46 PM

                                            well the batch of bourbon that i tried was EXACTLY as JeMange described it.

                                            the rye, though, was smooth.

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                                JeMange RE: westsidegal Dec 11, 2013 07:31 PM

                                Not to make myself sound like an alkie but I look at Buffalo Trace as a "volume drinkin' whiskey." While it's certainly tasty, it's no Eagle Rare or I.W. Harper President's Reserve or A.H. Hirsch Reserve.

                                I'm not a single drink kinda guy, which means that splurging on one top shelf drink doesn't make much sense to me or my liver.

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                                  jessejames RE: JeMange Dec 11, 2013 07:49 PM

                                  Yes a good clean session whiskey and a great price. Try it Westside. No jack charcoal or gnarly wild turkey overlays.

                            2. barryc RE: kevin Dec 10, 2013 05:55 PM

                              a single malt neat with ice on the side; laphroaig, macallan or glenfiddich depending on my mood and if i'm able to smoke a cigar. the place *will* have live music (either jazz or blues) and room to dance. eating will be incidental.

                              1. emglow101 RE: kevin Dec 10, 2013 07:17 PM

                                It's been a couple years since Iv'e been to LA.When I return,it's King Eddys for me.I had my nephew drop me off in downtown.I had a whole day to kill. Iv'e never been there before.I found King Eddys at eight in the morning. Ordering a Budweiser I couldn't help watching two overweight old men with walkers almost come to fista cuffs over politics, while another man looked on chain smoking behind a glass partition, with brillant white false teeth. I sat there for hours.

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                                  kevin RE: emglow101 Dec 10, 2013 07:19 PM

                                  :)

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                                    JeMange RE: emglow101 Dec 10, 2013 07:31 PM

                                    Sadly, that King Eddy - where you could get $3 shots of Kessler (which is admittedly quite disgusting) and $.50 plates of potato salad and pickled eggs is gone.

                                    It's been replaced by this:

                                    http://kingeddysaloon.com/

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                                      emglow101 RE: JeMange Dec 10, 2013 07:44 PM

                                      Looks like your city lost a landmark. That's B.S. Thanks for info.I won't go near that place.Oh,we don't open until five p.m. F. off.

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                                        jessejames RE: JeMange Dec 10, 2013 07:52 PM

                                        Kessler!

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                                      Thor123 RE: kevin Dec 10, 2013 07:43 PM

                                      Happy hour at Frida is very good. Ask for Carl. Best bar tender around.

                                      1. JeMange RE: kevin Dec 10, 2013 08:33 PM

                                        I've also been enjoying Corralejo Reposado tequila. Delicious stuff!

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                                          linus RE: kevin Dec 10, 2013 09:26 PM

                                          oddly, the bukowski post got me thinking, too. about at least a hunnert other poets who deserve bars about them more than that chancer does.
                                          but i digress...

                                          drink of choice: anything and everything.
                                          where i get it at: anywhere and everywhere.

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                                            JeMange RE: linus Dec 10, 2013 09:41 PM

                                            This isn't the proper venue for discussing Bukowski's merit or lack thereof but it seems odd to label him a chancer - a crass opportunist.

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                                              linus RE: JeMange Dec 11, 2013 04:10 AM

                                              it's highly likely i chose the wrong word to capture the specific kind of lamen...
                                              oops, not the proper venue. sorry.
                                              off to find a byron pub...

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                                                jessejames RE: JeMange Dec 11, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                try santa anita!

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                                                kevin RE: linus Dec 10, 2013 09:42 PM

                                                Thats the spirit Linus.

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                                                bringiton RE: kevin Dec 11, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                I enjoy a cosmo with some really nice tequila (Cuervo Gold when I can get it) at my new go to steak place, the Stinking Rose.

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                                                  JAB RE: bringiton Dec 11, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                  Spare no expense!

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                                                    bringiton RE: JAB Dec 12, 2013 03:08 PM

                                                    Hey, nothing but the best for me, what can I say.

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                                                  Juji RE: kevin Dec 11, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                  Awhile back I did several of the Japanese whiskey flight tastings at Plan Check and I enjoyed them all. And once at The Corner Door I asked the bartender to create a drink for me knowing that I like smoky scotches (Lagavulin being one of my favs) and he came up with a very satisfying concoction.

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                                                    maudies5 RE: kevin Dec 11, 2013 10:43 PM

                                                    Sometimes I feel like having a Manhattan, made with bourbon, not rye. Tavern makes a great one as does Bar Toscana directly across the street.

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                                                      maudies5 RE: maudies5 Apr 10, 2014 05:56 PM

                                                      After careful consideration, I have decided that I prefer my Manhattan with rye.

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                                                        OaxacaNY RE: maudies5 Apr 11, 2014 08:27 AM

                                                        Yeah I agree- it's Manhattans with rye and Old Fashioneds with bourbon for me...

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                                                      elizabetheatsfood RE: kevin Dec 11, 2013 10:49 PM

                                                      I love gin martinis at musso and franks. And the way Churchill had his. (He nodded gravely to the vermouth when he made them)

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                                                        susiequeue RE: elizabetheatsfood Apr 12, 2014 01:21 PM

                                                        THAT's the drink -- & the place!!! And do like my Mom -- ask for the olives on the side so it doesn't displace any gin (!!)

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                                                        latindancer RE: kevin Dec 12, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                        Maker's neat.

                                                        I have my favorite places 'round town.

                                                        1. SilverlakeGirl RE: kevin Dec 12, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                          Anyone been to Wolf & Crane? About a week old in Little Tokyo.

                                                          1. Will Owen RE: kevin Dec 12, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                            I love a martini, gin of course, and I agree with the late, great bon vivant Lucius Beebe's pronouncement that "Anything drier than five to one is just iced gin!" Five to one, even three to one, is pretty much my style; I had one of the latter Saturday night at Barkley's in South Pas. It was excellent, and not expensive. Mrs. O liked her Sidecar (her favorite) well enough to get two. That was our first visit, but certainly not our last.

                                                            I also have gotten very good ones at the Redwood downtown on Second, just down from Hill, and at Cheval Bistro in Old Town.

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                                                              elizabetheatsfood RE: Will Owen Dec 12, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                              SECRET *I love iced gin* (not always but sometimes it is what the dr ordered)

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                                                                westsidegal RE: elizabetheatsfood Apr 11, 2014 10:20 AM

                                                                i like the "iced" FORD'S GIN.
                                                                these days, i skip the "martini" pretense altogether and just ask for it in a glass with a couple of ice cubes.

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                                                              kevin RE: kevin Dec 12, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                              I'm a martini man myself, if I'm allowed to state that in polite conversation and Musso's is the place.

                                                              Unless that it is I'm in the mood for a classic old-fashioned.

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                                                                linus RE: kevin Dec 12, 2013 09:58 PM

                                                                cole's makes a top notch classic old fashioned.

                                                              2. perk RE: kevin Dec 12, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                The Wine House does bourbon tastings that are fun and informative!

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                                                                  westsidegal RE: perk Dec 12, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                  just looked on their website.
                                                                  none seem to be scheduled right now.
                                                                  will check again after the first of the year.
                                                                  thanks

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                                                                  Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Dec 13, 2013 08:09 AM

                                                                  Do I really have to spell it out????

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                                                                    jessejames RE: Dirtywextraolives Dec 13, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                    well, vodka or gin?

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                                                                      kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Dec 13, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                                      yes please. :)

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                                                                        Servorg RE: kevin Dec 13, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                        Well it's gin, gin, gin that makes you want to sin
                                                                        On the farm, on the farm
                                                                        It's gin, gin, gin that makes you want to sin
                                                                        On the Leland Stanford Junior Farm.

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                                                                          Local RE: Servorg Dec 31, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                          (my eyes are dim, I can not see, I have not brought my specs with me, I have not brought my specs with me!!!! )

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                                                                          Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Dec 13, 2013 01:07 PM

                                                                          Vodka please. But I did enjoy the gin one I had at Musso's ;)

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                                                                            Local RE: Dirtywextraolives Dec 31, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                            Ditto.

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                                                                              jesstifer RE: Dirtywextraolives Dec 31, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                              This thread is circling around the answer:

                                                                              Ketel One martini, Musso's.

                                                                              As long as I don't have to eat there.

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                                                                                jessejames RE: jesstifer Dec 31, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                sweetbreads as app

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                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives RE: jesstifer Dec 31, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                  That's cool.

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                                                                            kevin RE: kevin Dec 31, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                            Addendum to my drink of choicey :

                                                                            The old fashioned with buffalo trace, Wellsbourne, West LA.

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                                                                              jessejames RE: kevin Dec 31, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                              happy new year -- i've got a bottle of buffalo trace and friends at home waiting for me!

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                                                                                kevin RE: jessejames Dec 31, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                Enjoy buddy.

                                                                                What you getting for eats to go with that Bufflalo Trace ????

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                                                                                  jessejames RE: kevin Dec 31, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                                  we are grilling halibut and topping it with crab meat, parsley and garlic butter in a sort of local impersonation of a dish we like at antoines in nola...i've also got some stuff for yakitori including "crack sauce" from mishima market for the evening...lastly some chocolate cheesecake for some last calories for 2013! i'm also tempted to buy one of those whole kosher hard salamis for some noshing as well - i have a soft spot (literally) for that delicacy.

                                                                                  what do you have in store?

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                                                                                    kevin RE: jessejames Dec 31, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                                    Nothing, I think. It may be a very low key evening for me.

                                                                                    Yeah, when you mentioned fish topped with lump crabmeat, I did think NOLA dishes except if you had blackened the fish and replaced the halibut with drumfish.

                                                                                    Where you getting the cheesecake from or making it homemade ?????

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                                                                                      jessejames RE: kevin Dec 31, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                                                      i like being low key on NYE -- total amateur hour in LA.

                                                                                      I've never successfully blackened fish, but the grill works reasonably well.

                                                                                      Mother in law made the cheesecake...way above my paygrade except for the eating part.

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                                                                                        Servorg RE: jessejames Dec 31, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                        I picked up prime filets this morning at 6:30AM from Harvey's Guss (Harvey is such a kick to talk to) and intend on grilling them and some asparagus and baked potatoes and some yams.

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                                                                                          jessejames RE: Servorg Dec 31, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                          enjoy servorg. i like harvey too, and his beef!

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                                                                                            kevin RE: jessejames Dec 31, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                            Yeah. Have a great time buddies.

                                                                                            I'll have to chatt up Mr. Guss one day too.

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                                                                              Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Dec 31, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                              I also adore the fact that I can get a glass of the Gavi di Gavi at my local pizza joint, Il Ritrovo. Is a good thing they don't have a bar or I would sit there all day waiting to pick my kids up from school....

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                                                                                Servorg RE: Dirtywextraolives Dec 31, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                "Is a good thing they don't have a bar or I would sit there all day waiting to pick my kids up from school...."

                                                                                The kids would end up having to call a cab when you didn't show up.

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                                                                                  kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Dec 31, 2013 09:22 PM

                                                                                  Hows the food at Il Ritrivo ?????

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                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Jan 1, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                                    It's very good, we like it. I like both their NY & Neapolitan style pizzas. Good salads & pasta too.

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                                                                                  chewbacca RE: kevin Dec 31, 2013 10:18 PM

                                                                                  Chi Chi's and Piña Coladas at Damon's with smoked ribs; Martini's at Musso's and Franks'. Mai Tai's at trader Vic's. Whisky at Ireland's 32. Gin & Tonics with fried appys @ Robin Hood. Margaritas at Casa Vega and El Coyote.

                                                                                  1. orythedog RE: kevin Jan 1, 2014 07:26 PM

                                                                                    Woodford Reserve Manhattan with Antica Vermouth, dash of bitters, and a Luxardo Cherry at Black Market Liquor in Studio City

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                                                                                      kevin RE: orythedog Jan 2, 2014 09:28 AM

                                                                                      That sounds great.

                                                                                    2. J.L. RE: kevin Apr 6, 2014 12:38 AM

                                                                                      Ice teller at Ramayani.

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                                                                                        schrutefarms RE: kevin Apr 10, 2014 06:40 PM

                                                                                        Drinks are a funny thing--they vary, much like the setting they are enjoyed in. I had an unforgettable Moscow Mule in Napa--it was early July, the sun hadn't quite set, it was still almost 100 degrees. I was sitting on the patio at Bouchon in Yountville and never has a Moscow mule tasted as perfect. I'm almost afraid to order one since. I know it won't be as good.
                                                                                        I hate sake, but LOVE the passion fruit sake at Matsuhisa.
                                                                                        I order a margarita at almost every Mexican restaurant I go to--and Petty Cash has the best one I've ever had.
                                                                                        I miss, so much, the old Trader Vics. It was always so much fun to see what would adorn your cocktail.
                                                                                        I've had some great cocktails at Mixology (think green juice with vodka) but don't love the prices ($14 and up).
                                                                                        The Carousel Bar in the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans makes a mean Ramos Gin Fizz. I wouldn't dare order it anywhere else.
                                                                                        I've had many many forgettable cocktails in LA, NYC, and between….Forgettable because they were awesome, we were partying, and that's about all I can recall. But as I get older, I find that one or two spectacularly made cocktails or really good wine or beer hits the spot for me more than a lot of the cheap strong drinks of my youth. Quality over quantity these days. Well, some days at least. God, I'm getting so mature :)

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                                                                                          J.L. RE: schrutefarms Apr 10, 2014 06:41 PM

                                                                                          Oh yeah, that pineapple-infused sake at Matsuhisa is a must-get...

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                                                                                            kevin RE: J.L. Apr 10, 2014 09:01 PM

                                                                                            Really ??????????

                                                                                            No jokeeeeee ???????????????????

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                                                                                              schrutefarms RE: J.L. Apr 10, 2014 09:11 PM

                                                                                              The pineapple is great-we had to switch to it one night after we drank the house dry of the passion fruit :)

                                                                                          2. mucho gordo RE: kevin Apr 11, 2014 02:10 PM

                                                                                            Depends on the circumstances and who's paying. If I'm waiting for my take-out order, I'll have a cold beer. If I'm dining with family it's LI iced tea w/myers rum. If I'm sitting at the bar with friends, I'll have a shot of wild turkey with a beer backup. If we're sitting at a piano bar and I'm not driving, I'll have a 'screaming chicken'.

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                                                                                              kevin RE: mucho gordo Apr 11, 2014 02:30 PM

                                                                                              what's a screaming chicken ??????

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                                                                                                mucho gordo RE: kevin Apr 11, 2014 02:51 PM

                                                                                                That's the name I know it as but other bars may have a different name for it. I think one place calls it screeching monkey.
                                                                                                It's equal parts green chartreuse and myers 151. For sippin' only; Very potent ( for me).

                                                                                            2. wienermobile RE: kevin Apr 12, 2014 01:33 PM

                                                                                              Boysenberry Punch @ Knotts Berry Farm

                                                                                              1. westsidegal RE: kevin Apr 14, 2014 09:05 PM

                                                                                                as of tonight,

                                                                                                fidencio mezcal

                                                                                                call me fickle

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